Articles Contributed by Historical Novelists

In dozens of articles submitted by HNS members, explore the craft of writing historical fiction, including research tips, plotting techniques, character development, time periods, setting descriptions, and more!

Beyond the Headlines: 5 Research Takeaways from Periodicals

September 14, 2023

Guest Post by Jocelyn Green – Newspapers! Magazines! What treasures they hold for the historical novelist, and looking beyond the […]

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Three Musts for Writing World War II Fiction

September 14, 2023

Guest Post by Marcus Brotherton – World War II is a popular setting for historical fiction. But your manuscript must […]

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My Experience at HNS2022 in Durham, UK

May 11, 2023

Guest Post by Marie Powell – My first glimpse of Durham was the stark Norman cathedral, outlined against the horizon, […]

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Normal is Just Another Word for Average: Writing Strong Women Who Still Stay True to History

May 11, 2023

Guest Post by Stephenia H. McGee – I used to teach creative writing at a Christian academy and I will […]

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The Five Senses of Writing Victorian Fiction

May 11, 2023

Guest Post by Essie Fox – For writers of historical fiction, the background research is an essential starting point. But […]

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Seven Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Native American Characters

May 11, 2023

Guest Post by Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer – Writing about Native Americans is a hot topic in the author community. On […]

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The Golden Rules of Writing Historical Fiction

May 11, 2023

Guest Post by Kathryn Heyman – My first historical novel, The Accomplice, was inspired by the 1629 shipwreck of the […]

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Tips for Description that Make Historical Fiction Unforgettable

February 14, 2023

Guest Post by Cindy K. Sproles – We all want to hear the words, “Your historical fiction was unforgettable.” Nothing […]

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The Quest for Accuracy

February 14, 2023

Guest Post by Marlie Parker Wasserman – When writers of historical novels talk about their preparation, they usually focus on […]

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My Experience at #HNS2019 in National Harbor

February 14, 2023

Guest Post by Linda Ulleseit – In June 2019, I attended the HNS conference in National Harbor, Maryland. As usual, […]

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Celebrating Women By Telling Their Stories through Historical Fiction

February 14, 2023

Guest Post by Janis Robinson Daly – As an effort to support the National Women’s History Alliance’s 2023 theme for […]

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Drinking Ale–An Essential Detail of Historical Fiction Set in Medieval England

November 30, 2022

Guest Post by Lee Swanson – Ale was the staple drink among the medieval English population, not beer or wine. […]

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